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Memories LiveOn

22 Nov

Thank you to LiveOn for this sponsored opportunity to blog about storing and sharing my most important memories with those closest to me. Although story ideas were provided, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wedding planning has made me realize that time goes by too fast. Yes, I realize that I have only been engaged for a grand total of 12 days, but in those 12 days I’ve booked a church and reception venue, spoken to a photographer and DJ, compiled a guest list- and over the weekend, I went dress shopping. I’ve accomplished a lot, but the days have gone by quickly. I can only imagine how fast time will go as we near the big day.

This is why I want to remember as much of this time as possible. While I might not be blogging as often or tweeting every detail for the world to see, I would like to savor the moments that I get with my family and friends. And recently, I had the opportunity to test out a brand new website that promises to keep my memories forever.

LiveOn promises to store all of my photos and videos on their site forever, so I won’t have to worry about losing any of them if my computer crashes, if Facebook goes out of style, or if my prints get lost when I move out of my parent’s house (this would be true if I ever took the time to print my photos).

I’ve played around with the site a bit, and so far, I like what I see. I can tell that they are still working out some kinks (it is brand new, after all), but once I set up my account, I was able to run through the tutorial and begin making my memories last.

I really enjoy the slide show feature of the site. It’s very simple to upload photos and videos, and I could even add text (or my own voice!) and music. Once I chose what I wanted in my slide show, LiveOn did the rest. It was the perfect way to document my engagement (and much better than making a PowerPoint, which I would most likely forget about). Now I’ll have these memories stored forever.

To help you get started, LiveOn and Clever Girls Collective are giving you the opportunity to use a 20% discount for LiveOn Rewind, a service that digitizes and preserves your old photos! How cool is that?  Just use the coupon code: cgc59.

I know that you might not want to spend a lot of money on photo storage (believe me, I am a recent grad who’s also recently engaged), but you can try LiveOn for free. It’s worth a shot! Enjoy!

Thank you again to LiveOn for sponsoring this blog post. Please click here to learn more about storing and sharing your most special memories. I was selected for this sponsorship by Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own. 

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CoverGirl for a day

1 Jun

Let’s face it. Make-up is expensive. Impatience may or may not be one contributing factor to my normal (five minute) make-up routine, consisting of only mineral foundation and mascara, but cost is definitely another. It can cost a lot of money to purchase the perfect shade of eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara, and lipgloss, making sure the colors don’t clash- and having to buy new shades when they do. So when CoverGirl and Kroger paired up to help me become a CoverGirl for a day (okay, so not really, I just kind of felt like one 🙂) I was grateful for the opportunity.

Channeling my inner America’s Next Top Model, with my $30 gift card in tow, I headed to the make-up aisle of Kroger to pick up the items I have been needing wanting the most. I can be a little indecisive at times, so I gave myself a shopping time limit, just like they do in the ANTM CoverGirl challenges. However, five minutes quickly turned into thirty. Oops :).

I wasn’t sure how many products I would be able to buy with $30, but with the help of my Kroger Plus Card, and the excellent sales going on that day, I was able to snag 6 (!!) products.

CoverGirl is the only eye make-up I use, because it agrees with my sensitive skin, so I already knew that I wanted to look at the mascara, eyeshadow, and eyeliner. My college eye make-up routine consisted of swiping on two layers of black-brown mascara and calling it a day, but since I’m no longer wearing a backpack or heading to class, I figure I could mix up my look a little too :).

So, for my eyes, I purchased:

LashBlast Fusion Mascara in Black– It’s lengthening, thickening, and water resistant- perfect for the summer humidity!

Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in Grey Khaki– It’s also water resistant, and has a built in sharpener, which is always nice.

Eye Enhancers Eyeshadow Trio in Shimmering Sands– I went into this shopping trip thinking that I would try some bright, fun eyeshadow that I wouldn’t normally wear, and then I ended up returning to an old favorite (go figure). I started using this high school, and I’m still drawn toward the subtle, earthy colors today.

They look pretty, but I still prefer a more natural look :).

CG Eyelash Curler– Okay, so I lied before. Besides putting on mascara, I always curl my eyelashes. Even though I have curly hair and eyebrows (I know, weird), my eyelashes are stick straight, especially when it’s humid outside. Since I couldn’t find the eyelash curler refills that I needed, I decided to go ahead and buy a new eyelash curler. For around $5, it wasn’t bad at all.

I still had money left after picking out my eye make-up, so I decided to move onto lips next. I am not a lipstick girl, but I do like lip gloss with a little bit of color.

Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers in Raspberry Splash– I went with the fruit spritzers gloss. Funny enough, I believe this was featured on ANTM a few years ago, and it really does live up to its advertisement. I chose the raspberry for its subtle dark pink shimmer, but it comes in several other colors, perfect for matching any skin tone.

After choosing those five products, I still had enough money left for at least one more item. I buy my mineral foundation, blush and bronzer at a speciality store, but I decided that I could use some liquid concealer to cover up the imperfections that are the result of stress.

Fresh Complexion Concealer in Creamy Natural– For under $4, this concealer was a steal. After opening it I realized that it might be a little too light for my summer skin, but a little goes a long way, and I can save it for the winter months, when my skin is more pasty again ;).

After my little shopping spree, I headed to the self-checkout where my items rang up for under $30. Meaning, I still have about 70 cents to spare :). I tried out my new make-up this past weekend, and was very happy with all of my purchases.

Although I won’t be joining Taylor Swift or Rihanna in their CoverGirl commercials anytime soon, it was fun to feel like a CoverGirl, if just for a day. An added bonus, of course, is that I now have six new items of make-up that will last me awhile. And this recently graduated, still unemployed girl is very thankful for that :).

Do you wear CoverGirl?

What are some of your favorite products?

Thank you to Kroger and CoverGirl for sponsoring this review. While CoverGirl provided me with a $30 gift card to purchase CoverGirl products at Kroger stores, the opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own, represent my honest viewpoint, and not that of CoverGirl, Kroger, or Proctor & Gamble. I am making no claims about the products, just expressing my thoughtful opinion. Clever Girls Collective supports Blog With Integrity.

They’re pretty fab

25 May

Thanks to Trop50 for sponsoring my writing about fabulous bloggers. This year Trop50 is granting 50 Fabulous Wishes. Click here to enter for a chance to win $1,000 to celebrate a friend with a refreshing attitude about looking and feeling fabulous!

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When I first began blogging, I did it for two reasons. One, to express myself through writing, and two, to make connections with people in the blog world. While I knew that I might evolve as a writer, I had no idea how connected I would feel with other bloggers…bloggers I haven’t even met in person. It’s crazy how much you can learn from someone, just by reading their thoughts on a computer screen.

While I read tons of blogs on a daily basis (I feel like my subscription list just keeps getting longer and longer), today I would like to mention five bloggers that are the definition of fabulous in my book. Of course I wish I could mention all of the blogs that I read, but that would make for a very long post :).

I consider these bloggers fabulous because they are (or, since I’ve never met them in person, they seem) real- down to earth, tell it like it is, funny, sarcastic- real. Even when things aren’t all “sunshine and happiness”, they bring optimism to their blog, and if they aren’t feeling the optimism, they admit it. I like that- life’s not perfect, so why should we pretend like it is in our blog entries :)?

The first blog that I ever read was Angela’s, Oh She Glows.

My sister introduced to me to blogging, and this is the first one that I subscribed to. Angela is sweet, her story is inspiring, and her recipes always look delicious. While I’m not vegan, nor will I probably ever be, Angela has introduced me to vegan recipes that I have incorporated into my own diet, and her idea of healthy living is extremely motivating.

After reading Angela’s blog on a regular basis, I slowly started working my way into the “blog world.” Gracie’s blog, girl meets life., was one that I was drawn to.

At the time I began reading girl meets life., Gracie lived at home with her parents. She is also a Communication grad. I liked that I could relate to someone else finding her way in the “real world.” Gracie has since moved out on her own, but I still enjoying reading her stories as she figures out life out as she goes.

Michelle, at Living, Learning, Earning, is another blogger who I consider fabulous.

Michelle writes about life after college. I like how she tells it like it is, while still keeping an optimistic attitude. She is currently writing a Working Girl series, which is perfect for job searching me :).

Colleen, at The Lunchbox Diaries, is another fabulous blogger.

I find Colleen’s sarcasm so very entertaining. She’s funny, smart, and tells it like it is, as she lives the life of a grad student/soon-to-be bride (exciting!). Strangely enough, Colleen reminds me a lot of my best friend from high school, who moved to Oregon (three time zones away) after college graduation.

See the resemblance?

Finally, last but not least, is Grace at yourdailygrace.

I found Grace’s blog a few months ago. This past semester I could relate to her busy college schedule, and her balance of an internship, school, and a boyfriend. I lived vicariously through Grace this winter, slightly jealous of her warm Florida weather during our snow and ice storms here ;).

There you have it, five fabulous bloggers. As I said before, I read many fabulous blogs (just look at my blogroll), but I am happy to honor these lovely ladies today.

Who are some of your favorite (and also fabulous) bloggers? Share the love, leave a link :).

Don’t forget to enter the 50 Fabulous Wishes contest for a chance to win $1,000 to celebrate a friend with a refreshing attitude about looking and feeling fabulous. I was selected for this Tropicana Trop50 sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do. I received compensation to use and facilitate my post.

A mother’s love and an open heart

29 Apr

Mother’s Day is only one week away. This is one holiday that is always celebrated with balloons and cake in my home. My mom’s birthday falls very close to Mother’s Day every year, so we usually tie the two together and make it a birthday/Mother’s Day celebration. My mom always says that she’d rather celebrate the “Mother” part of the celebration more than the “Birth” part, though I feel that both deserve to be acknowledged.

Growing up, my mom was a stay-at-home mom. This was her choice, and although she has never actually said that “it was a sacrifice”, I feel that she sacrificed a lot for us. Read: She would take my sisters and I on various shopping trips throughout the year, but I cannot remember many times when she took us shopping so she could look around  for herself… By the time she sat down at the dinner table, her food was cold; she always made sure the family was situated first… She shuttled my sisters and I around so much that the side of our van might as well have read “TAXI,” in big yellow letters. And I could go on.

Yes, I would be the smarty pants oldest child sticking my tongue out

I know that I am truly blessed to have my mom in my life. She has been there to care for, support, and help me through the rougher patches of growing up, including the not-so-fun parts of being a girl. I do know, however, that I should not take this for granted.

Clever Girls Collective is currently partnered with Macy’s Heart of Haiti project. After the devastating January 2010 earthquake, it has not been easy for Haitians to make a living. This project allows shoppers like us to purchase handcrafted masterpieces, created by the master artisans of Haiti themselves.  You can view the Shop for a Better World / Heart Of Haiti collection in it’s entirety (including just added items for Spring), here: http://bit.ly/gaalFP , but these are just a few of my favorites:

Heart of Haiti Vase, $54.00

Heart of Haiti Pendant: Open Heart of the Goddess, $10.00

Heart of Haiti Bowl- Watermelon, $9.97

As a special treat, if you purchase a Heart of Haiti or Rwanda Path to Peace product from May 3 to May 8, you will receive a 15% discount. Just use the Promocode: CLEVERGIRLS.

When I think about how much my mom has helped me through the tougher times in my life, I realize how insignificant my definition of “tough” is. While these works of art will make great Mother’s Day gifts for the wonderful women in our lives, our purchases will make a difference in the lives of those who have survived things we can probably not even fathom.

We have the power to make a difference; today, let’s open our hearts.

Mother’s Day is not only for “Mom”. Who else in your life deserves to be acknowledged?

What is your favorite Heart of Haiti piece?

I was selected for this very special “CleverHaiti” opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity. All opinions are my own.

Celebrate good times GIVEAWAY!

15 Apr

Read on for giveaway details 🙂

I realize that I have been all nostalgic lately, but I am not going to get all mushy gushy today. Today brings a little more excitement. I took a look at my handy dandy Facebook calendar (unlike my handy dandy notebook- Blues Clues, anyone?), only to realize…

Graduation Countdown
Sunday, 05/15/11
3:30 PM • 31 days remaining

One month from today, I will officially be a college graduate! Seeing “31 Days remaining” was actually kind of comforting. I now know that I still have one month left to job search and mentally prepare myself. I only have two weeks of classes left, which makes the end feel much nearer, but I keep forgetting that I have an extra week of school for finals (I guess I block that week out), and then one week off before graduation. Lots of time to remind myself that change is good :).

Thinking about college graduation makes me remember my high school graduation. I can’t believe that was five years ago (yeah, I did the” five year plan thing” for college). Time really does fly. At this time five years ago, I was:

Preparing for prom

Everyone said going with a group of girls would be fun. What they didn’t tell me, is that I would be sitting at the table staring at a bunch of other single girls during the slow songs. Kind of makes me look forward to my future wedding day that much more, knowing that I will be dancing with the person I love :).

Finalizing my college plans

Ah, Purdue, my first home away from home. I always thought that I would graduate from Purdue (and graduating last year, for that matter). I think it’s kind of funny when employers ask you, “Where do you see yourself in five years?,” because it’s one of those things that is always bound to change (I’m not graduating from Purdue).

Passing out open house invitations and senior pictures

High school me, at a friend’s grad party (what’s with the cheesy smile?). Apparently the only way I knew how to tame my hair in the summer was with a lot of crunchy looking gel…oops :).

Do you remember the end of your senior year of high school? I remember getting handfuls of grad party invitations, and throwing half of them away. Everyone was so excited, so innocent (ignorant?).  This time around, I am not roaming the hallways with handfuls of invitations, or passing out senior pictures  (for the record, I even figured out the whole hair thing, too 🙂).

I am, however, sending out announcements. I am announcing my accomplishments, as I feel everyone is entitled to do, and should :).

Needless to say, I was very excited when I was contacted by Shutterfly this week. Shutterfly is currently sponsoring a “Share your Spring Celebration Announcement” series. Since it is spring, and I am soon-to-be celebrating, I was pretty excited to browse through all of the options the website has to offer. Not only do they have cute (and classy, professional looking) graduation announcements, but they also have great photo books that will be perfect for documenting my memories after graduation.

Shutterfly has generously given me 100 announcement cards to help me celebrate and announce my graduation, but as popular as I would like to think I am 😉 , I know that I will not need all 100. This is why I am giving away your choice of 50 announcement cards or an 8×8 photo book, to be used for the occasion of your choice!  You will be able to use the code for your 50 announcements or 8×8 photo book through August 1, 2011.

There are three ways to enter this giveaway:

1. Leave a comment telling me if you would like 50 announcement cards, or a photo book, and what occasion you would be announcing or documenting!

2. Subscribe to my blog and leave a separate comment telling me that you did.

3. Subscribe to me on twitter and leave a separate comment telling me that you did.

I will randomly choose a winner on Sunday, April 17 at 10pm EST.

Good luck, and happy Friday!

Are you a blogger, too? Click here to register  for a chance at 50 free announcements!

This post is part of a series sponsored by Shutterfly. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity , as I do.